The Young and the Restless (Y&R) spoilers tease that Michael Muhney’s (Adam) rehire is becoming more plausible due to plot developments. If Sally Sussman’s team has decided to address Christian’s (Jude and Ozzy McGuigen) paternity, as a recent storyline development suggests, than the often speculated recast of Adam Newman could be in the offing.
During a podcast interview in January, Michael Muhney said that he had asked his representation to make contact with Y&R regarding his return to the show. That alone doesn’t mean it’s bound to happen. However, when that point is combined with developments this month on the show fans are right to wonder if this never-ending real life story is moving toward a climax?
When her debut episode (December 7) was approaching last fall, co-executive producer and head writer Sally Sussman was quoted as saying that, “Unless there is a compelling reason to have Nick (Joshua Morrow) learn the truth, I see no reason to go there.”
The “truth” that Sussman referenced involves Christian (Jude and Ozzy McGuigen). Nick’s notable recognition of an apparent physical similarity between his perceived son and Connor (Gunner and Ryder Gadbois) was a throw-away matter, for the lead character in question. However, it could also be the first salvo in a major reveal that draws Muhney back to the set of Y&R.
Muhney’s ballyhooed termination (December 2013) did more than send shock waves across the entertainment world. Readers realize that three years later the resilience of Muhney’s followers hasn’t relented and the opening for him to return to the role he made famous is realistic.
In mid-2014, Justin Hartley was chosen from a group of actors (that also included Muhney) to become the recast Adam. Hartley performed well, was embraced by the audience and has since moved on to NBC’s breakout prime time hit ‘This Is Us’. So he’s not returning to Y&R, as Sussman also noted in her interview.
Meanwhile, the humbled former Adam has maintained his smart social media presence since leaving the cast. Mere mention of Michael Muhney’s return would obviously instantly trend and the subsequent buildup to his reprised role would be palpable.
However, past on-set personality issues surely have played and will continue to play a part, if not a decisive role, in whether Muhney is ever rehired. Y&R and the actor himself would never want to create new tensions that could lead to another early exit. So a carefully measured consideration of this particular rehire will certainly take place, if it happen.